Tina Opie is an Associate Professor in the Management Division at Babson College, teaching organizational behavior courses to undergraduates and MBA students. Professor Opie obtained her Ph.D. in Management (with a concentration in organizational behavior) in May 2010 from New York University's Stern School of Business. In 1999, she obtained her MBA from the Darden School of Business. Professor Opie's research focuses primarily on how organizations can create workplaces that successfully leverage individual difference and convey respect for individual contributions. Specifically, she studies the conditions that motivate peripheral members of workgroups (i.e. individuals who perceive that their input on how to do the group's task is devalued by teammates) to engage. She also studies whether discrimination against overweight people can be reduced by abandoning a focus on appearance and adopting a focus on health. The hope is that this work will help to make a valid case for attempts to reduce obesity discrimination in organizations. In addition to teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Fred, and their two children, Kennedy and Chase. She is also an avid photographer who loves to sing and watch foreign films. Prior to her academic career Professor Opie was a banker and a management consultant.
Ph D, New York University
MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
BBA, James Madison University
Academic Interest / Expertise
Awards & Honors
2023 — Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award Shortlist, Thinkers50
2022 — Forbes 10 Best Business Books of 2022 (Forbes 10 Best Business Books of 2022), Forbes Magazine
2022 — 2022 OWL Award Longlist (https://bookpal.com/blog/2022-owl-award-longlist/), BookPal
2022 — 2022 Porchlight Business Book Awards Longlist (https://www.porchlightbooks.com/blog/news-opinion/2022-porchlight-business-book-awards-longlist), PorchLight
2022 — Harvard Business Review 100, Harvard Business Review
2017 — Poets & Quants- Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professor, Poets & Quants
2016 — Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence- All Programs, Babson College
2016 — Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award, Babson College
Opie, T.R., Washington, E. (2023). Why Companies Can - and Should- Recommit to DEI in the Wake of the SCOTUS Decision. Harvard Business Review (Digital Edition).
Akinola, M., Opie, T.R., Ho, G.C., Castel, S., Unzueta, M.M., Brief, A.P. (in press). Diversity Isn’t What It Used to Be: The Consequences of the Broadening of Diversity. Academy of Management Insights. Academy of Management.
Thomason, B., Opie, T.R., Livingston, B.A., Sitzmann, T. (2023). "Woke" Diversity Strategies: Science or Sensationalism?. Academy of Management Perspectives. Academy of Management.
Opie, T.R., Livingston, B. (2022). Shared Sisterhood: Harnessing Collective Power to Generate More Inclusive and Equitable Organizations. Organizational Dynamics. Vol: 51, Page: 1-9.
Javadian, G., Opie, T.R., Parise, S.A. (2018). The influence of emotional carrying capacity and network ethnic diversity on entrepreneurial self-efficacy: the case of black and white entrepreneurs. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.
Opie, T.R. (2018). Let my hair be me: An investigation of employee authenticity and organizational appearance policies through the lens of Black women’s hair. Fashion Studies.
Opie, T.R., Livingston, B., Greenberg, D., Murphy, W.C., , . (2018). Building Gender Inclusivity: Disentangling the Influence of Gender Demography on Classroom Participation. Higher Education. Springer Publications. link
Cross, R.L., Opie, T.R., Pryor, G., Rollag, K.W. (2017). Connect and Adapt: How Network Development and Transformation Improve Retention and Engagement in Employees’ First Five Years. Organizational Dynamics.
Opie, T.R., Roberts, L.M. (2017). Do black lives really matter in the workplace? Restorative justice as a means to reclaim humanity. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: an international journal. Vol: 36, Issue: 8, Page: 707-719. Emerald Publishing Limited.
Opie, T., Phillips, K. (2015). Hair Penalties: The Negative Influence of Afrocentric Hair on Ratings of Black Women’s Dominance and Professionalism. Frontiers in Psychology. Vol: 6, Page: 1-14. Frontiers Research Foundation. link
Opie, T.R., Livingston, B. (2022). Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work: Shared Sisterhood at Work: Collective Action to Redress Workplace Inequities. Harvard Business Review Press.
Opie, T. (2016). Authenticity and Organizational Norms: A Positive Organizational Scholarship Lens: Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity-Building and Inclusion. Routledge/Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.. link
Greenberg, D., Opie, T.R., Murphy, W.C. (2016). Creating a Warm Climate?: The Influence of Demography on Class Participation. Vol: 2016, Issue: 1, Page: 13952. Academy of Management Proceedings.
Opie, T.R., Javadian, G., Parise, S.A. (2016). Entrepreneurial Self-efficacy:The Role of Emotional Carrying Capacity and Network Ethnic Diversity: Academy of Management Proceedings. Vol: 2016, Issue: 1. Academy of Management. link
Opie, T.R., Ho, G.C., Akinola, M., Unzueta, M.M., Castel, S.E., Brief, A.P. (2014). Are Diversity Scholars "Servants of Power"? The Consequences of Diversity Rhetoric: Academy of Management Proceedings. link
Neeley, T., Opie, T.R., Wiruchnipawan, W., Thomas-Hunt, M.C., Polzer, J.T. (2014). Hiring and Status Evaluation for Accented Nonnative Speakers in Global Organizations: Academy of Management Proceedings. link
Opie, T.R. (2013). How Perceptions of Deservingness and Permanence Affect Peripheral Group Member’ Helping Behavior: Academy of Management Proceedings. Vol: 2013, Issue: 1. link
Opie, T.R. (2013). The Impact of Minority Group Member Norm Violation on Perceived Professionalism: Academy of Management Proceedings. link
Opie, T.R., Livingston, B.A. (2023). Dig, Bridge, Collectively Act: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Trust. Harvard Business Review.
Opie, T.R., Livingston, B. (2018). Survey: Tell Us About Your High-Quality Workplace Relationships.
Opie, T.R., Freeman, E. (2017). Our Biases Undermine Our Colleagues' Attempts to be Authentic. Harvard Business Review (Online). link
Shared SisterhoodOpie, T. TEDxReno, TEDxReno (2022)
Shared SisterhoodOpie, T. The National Association of Women Lawyers’ 16th General Counsel Institute Panel Discussion, Virtual Conference (2020)
Allyship: Finding Our Way Forward—TogetherOpie, T. Toigo Groundbreakers Summit 2020, Virtual (2020)
Shared Sisterhood: A Means to Create More Inclusive OrganizationsOpie, T. American Express Global Leadership Summit, Miami, FLA (2020)
Authenticity and Belonging at SchoolOpie, T. Wilson Middle School (Natick, MA), Natick, MA (2019)
Creating More Inclusive Organizations: Appearance Policies and AuthenticityOpie, T. Boston College Workforce Roundtable, Boston, MA (2019)
Panel DiscussionOpie, T. Wonder Woman- Discussion with Chicago Corporate HR Leaders, Chicago, IL (2019)
The Importance of Authenticity in Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive WorkplaceOpie, T. UBS 2019 Americas D&I Month Closing Event / Fireside Chat, New York (2019)
Difficult Conversations: Life Issues During Your PhD Opie, T. Archibald, E. Rice, D. Young, N. PhD Project- Management Doctoral Student Association Conference, Boston, MA (2019)
Sisterhood is Trust- https://hbr.org/podcast/2019/06/sisterhood-is-trustOpie, T. Livingston, B. Harvard Business Review: Women at Work Podcast, Harvard Business Review (2019)
Hair Penalties and Other Organizational SinsOpie, T. Harvard Business School Gender & Work Conference, Harvard Business School (2017)
Losing My Cool and Civil DisagreementOpie, T. Rourke, K. Dean's Seminar , Babson College (2017)
The influence of emotional carrying capacity and network ethnic diversity on entrepreneurial self-efficacyOpie, T. Javadian, G. Parise, S. Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA (2016)
Creating a warm climate? The influence of demography on voice in the classroomGreenberg, D. Opie, T. Murphy, W. Academy of Management Meeting, Anaheim, CA (2016)
Let's Talk Style. What is it? Does it help or hinder your success?Rourke, K. Opie, T. Fludd, K. Duggan, B. Let's Talk Style, Babson Park, MA (2015)
Babson Color BraveOpie, T. Babson Black Affinity Conference, Babson College (2015)
The intersection of faculty and student race and gender on class participation evaluationGreenberg, D. Opie, T. Murphy, W. Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
The Power of Words in our Business School Curriculum: Who gets seen and heard?Greenberg, D. Dobrow, S. Murphy, W. Opie, T. Ely, R. Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
Diversity scholars as servants of power: The consequences of diversity rhetoricOpie, T. Ho, G. Akinola, M. Brief, A. The 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
Language mandate affects hiring and status evaluation for accented nonnative speakers in global organizationsNeeley, T. Opie, T. Thomas-Hunt, M. The 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
How Perceptions of Deservingness and Permanence Affect Peripheral Group Member’ Helping BehaviorOpie, T. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, FL (2013)
The Impact of Minority Group Member Norm Violation on Perceived Professionalism Opie, T. Phillips, K. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, FL (2013)